It was the same old story at Holkar stadium in Indore as India defeated Australia by five wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five match one-day series. This was also India’s ninth consecutive limited overs victory and it propelled India to No 1 in the ICC ODI rankings. The match, which promised so much played to the script as Australia after winning the toss started well, but then lost momentum at crucial stage and couldn’t stop India’s juggernaut and have now lost their last 11 completed away one-day matches.
The men in blue in this series have fought well from difficult conditions and situations and the third one-dayer was no different as Australia at one stage were looking at the score in region of 350, riding on Aaron Finch’s eighth ton (124 off 125 balls) and captain Steven Smith’s 63, but Indian bowlers as they have done so many times in this series pulled back the Aussie innings and restricted them to 293/6. India, while chasing kept their composure and with Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya chipping in with half centuries, the target was chased comfortably in the end.
Indian captain Virat Kohli would be pretty happy with the performance 0f the team as India ticked almost all the boxes and now will have their eyes set on the whitewash of baggy greens. Australia would be furious with their performance as they made mistakes at crucial juncture and would be really unhappy with the proceedings in the series. The fourth one-day match of this marquee series will be played at Bengaluru on September 28 (Thursday).
India vs Australia 3rd ODI statisticts
1: India becoming the numero uno ODI side
With the win against Australia at Holkar stadium, Indore, India have now become the No 1 ranked side in ODI cricket. Coincidentally, India are also the No 1 side in Test cricket
9: Number of consecutive ODI wins for India
India not only won the series but also extended their unbeaten streak in limited overs cricket to nine matches. Between November 2008 and February 2009, India also had a run of as many successive victories. Virat Kohli has now equalled the record made by MS Dhoni in 2008/09 and Rahul Dravid in 2006
5-0: India's ODI record at Indore
India have now won all their five one-dayers at Indore's Holkar stadium. During 2016-17 home season India had defeated New Zealand in Test match, which was the debut Test for Indore.
1403: Rohit Sharma's aggregate against Australia
Rohit Sharma has now aggregated 1403 runs against Australia in ODI cricket. This is the second most by an Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar who has scored 3077 runs. Among batsmen who have aggregated more than 1000 runs against Australia, Rohit has got the highest average at 63.77.
2014: Last time India having century opening stand at home
2014 was the last time that India had put up century stand in a home ODI. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane added 139 runs in the third one-day international.
124: Number of runs scored by Aaron Finch
Australian opener Aaron Finch scored 124 runs in the match went in vain as Aussies lost the match. It was also only the second instance of an Australian batsman making a highest individual score in a losing cause. The first time this happened was in 2013 when George Bailey’s 156 in Nagpur was not enough. Finch’s score is also the third highest by an Australian opener in an ODI defeat